Ritual Coffee to be employee-owned / 'Winter Lights' kicks off in GGP
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Hey there, San Francisco.
It’s been a busy week. Especially for the group at UCSF that identified the first omicron case in the United States.
On Thursday, Chronicle reporter Erin Allday got the behind-the-scenes story of how it took place, writing that the patient’s sample “arrived in Dr. Charles Chiu’s UCSF lab around 6 p.m. Tuesday, tucked into a high-tech cooler too small to hold a six-pack of beer.”
Preliminary tests showed the case was likely omicron, but the full genomic sequencing wouldn’t be completed until early Wednesday morning. Dr. Chiu said he got “little” sleep that night, and when his lab confirmed the sample as omicron at around 4 am, he contacted the CDC.
Yueyuan Zhang, a postdoc in Chiu’s lab who also worked through the night on the sequencing, told the Chronicle: “I knew omicron would come to the U.S., and I knew one day people would find it. But I never thought it would come from us.”
And with that… onto some news…
Quick bits: Bite-sized news stories from across the city
☕️ Ritual Coffee owner Eileen Rinaldi recently told her roughly 50 staff members that she’s working to turn the company into one that’s employee-owned. By late next year, Rinaldi says she plans to offer shares to workers who have been with Ritual for at least 12 months through an Employee Stock Ownership Program, or ESOP. “I would love for Ritual to operate for another 80 years,” Rinaldi told Mission Local. “To me, ESOP is the answer.” (Mission Local)
💖 As part of World AIDS Day on Wednesday, residents took to the sidewalks on Castro Street with chalk to write down names of loved ones lost to the disease. Local George Kelly, a longtime HIV survivor, started the event some seven years ago. “[The Castro Merchants Association] liked the idea,” Kelly said. “So they've allowed me every year to lead this project and encourage people, and just to remind people that AIDS is not over." (Bay Area Reporter)
👀 The owners of the Inner Sunset Korean market Queens have plans to open a restaurant in the Outer Sunset in February that’s dedicated to junghwa, or Korean-Chinese food. It’ll be called Hotline. (Chronicle)
What else I’m reading: Links to browse at your leisure (but consider reading this Chronicle story asap)
She set out to save her daughter from fentanyl. She had no idea what she would face on the streets of San Francisco (Chronicle)
Judas in SF 'Jesus Christ Superstar' Arrested For Role in Capitol Insurrection (SFist)
This Hike in SF’s Corona Heights Will Burn Your Thighs and Rock Your World (Frisc)
Zillow house of the day: Wherein I occasionally share good finds from my Zillow addiction
This 3-bedroom, 1 bath NoPa condo is a beaut with an open kitchen and artsy fireplaces. It’s also one block from Matching Half and the new Automat, and temptingly, two blocks from Bob’s on Baker. Bidding starts at $1.4 million.
Check it out here.
Weekend Guide: Some things to consider for your weekend ahead.
(Note: In the new year, Weekend Guides will only be available to SF Minute Members. If you haven’t upgraded your subscription yet, maybe now is the time! Plans start at $5/month.)
🎄 Go see Mayor Breed light Uncle John’s Tree. Assuming I can get this newsletter out in time, go check out the mayor lighting up the huge Monterey Cypress tree at the entrance of Golden Gate Park on Stanyan Street at 6 pm tonight. According to SF Rec and Parks, the Thursday night event will take place “amid a carnival atmosphere that includes performers, snow, illuminated art installations, rides and more.” And, it’ll kick off “Winter Lights” in Golden Gate Park, which Rec and Parks describes as “an illuminated journey through car-free JFK Drive and the Music Concourse.” Winter Lights will take place every night through February from sundown to 10 pm.
🖼 Walk around North Beach. The North Beach “First Fridays” art walk is this Friday from 5 pm to 9 pm. Go browse the open galleries at Foreign Lens (513 Green), Local Maker Mart (580 Green), and Sweenie’s Art Bar (475 Francisco). There will also be live portrait painting and music at Caffe Trieste (601 Vallejo) and “pooch portraiture” at Jeffrey's Natural Pet Foods (1841 Powell). Check out the official flyer here.
🛍 Shop local. This Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm, the 6th Annual Sunset Holiday Mercantile will take place in the SF County Fair Building, located in Golden Gate Park at 9th and Lincoln Way. The event promises a “free, festive, family-friendly, indoor/outdoor Holiday Mercantile featur[ing] local makers, merchants, artists, food artisans, local causes, live music and engaging activities.” More info here.
🚗 Drive around Dickens’ London. Want to get into the holiday spirit without leaving your car? Consider heading to the Cow Palace for a “decidedly different Dickens Christmas event.” According to the event’s page, visitors can “enjoy street scenes and enchanting tableaus from ‘A Christmas Carol'” while listening to “lively music” and eating “hearty English foods” right from the comfort of their cars. Tickets cost $25 per vehicle and can be purchased here.
Alright! Have a great night y’all. And I’ll see you back here tomorrow. - Nick B.